International health IT week in review: January 17

Pulse+IT's weekly weekend round-up of international health IT and eHealth news:

HIMSS' survey of EHR value seems a bit misleading
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 13/01/2016

I've lamented before about the sometimes self serving, misleading or simply unhelpful studies that have been propagated about electronic health records.


Prescribing tool opens up GP data
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 14/01/2016

A new online tool allows people to quickly analyse and respond to the huge GP prescribing datasets released monthly by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.


Most FDA-approved apps susceptible to cyber risks
Health Data Management ~ Greg Slabodkin ~ 14/01/2016

More than 80 percent of mobile health apps approved by the Food and Drug Administrationhave tested positive for two critical security vulnerabilities, according to a vendor specializing in anti-tamper protections for software.


NHS England ad wants "outstanding" CI&TO
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 13/01/2016

NHS England has published an advert for a ‘chief information and technology officer’ to replace its director of patients and information, Tim Kelsey, who is taking up a new job in Australia.


Meaningful use will likely end in 2016, CMS chief Andy Slavitt says
Healthcare IT News ~ Mike Milliard ~ 12/01/2016

The meaningful use program is on the cusp of major changes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt said late Monday, adding that 2016 would likely see the end of the program altogether.


Apple's Health app will soon help direct users to third party health, wellness apps
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 12/01/2016

Apple has released a preview for the new version of iOS, 9.3, which will feature updates across a number of Apple’s own apps, including Health.


More than 200K to see hit in Medicare payments after failing to meet MU requirements
FierceEMR ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 12/01/2016

More than 200,000 eligible professionals are set to see a slash in their Medicare payments after failing to meet Meaningful Use standards in 2014, according to a fact sheet released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.


Blackpool takes open source EHR
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 11/01/2016

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be the third acute trust to deploy the openMaxims electronic patient record.


Medication reminders that know when you're eating and 4 other Google digital health patents
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 11/01/2016

Google has filed another interesting healthcare-related patent, a mechanism that could detect when a patient is eating and issue a contextual reminder to take a medication.


Telemedicine use at senior living communities reduces ED visits
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 11/01/2016

Providers, payers and other organizations should consider teaming up with senior living communities (SLC) on telemedicine to reduce visits to the emergency department.


Medical apps: new guidance released
Digital Health News ~ Rebecca McBeth ~ 11/01/2016

Guidance on how to commission, develop and acquire medical apps in the UK has been developed by the Digital Health and Care Alliance.


New push to improve patient access to records
Health Data Management ~ Joseph Goedert ~ 08/01/2016

Patients under the HIPAA law have long had the right to request a copy of their health records from providers and insurers.


Men in HIT make more than women; average salary is $111K
FierceHealthIT ~ Katie Dvorak ~ 08/01/2016

Men working in the healthcare technology field make about $26,000 more than women, with the average salary for such professionals at $111,000, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) 2015 Compensation Survey found.


Metavision live at new Cumbria hospital
Digital Health News ~ Thomas Meek ~ 07/01/2016

The recently opened West Cumberland Hospital in Cumbria has gone live with a new computer system for its intensive care unit.


Validic's VitalSnap captures data from non-connected health devices' screens using a smartphone camera
MobiHealthNews ~ Jonah Comstock ~ 07/01/2016

VitalSnap allows data from non-connected devices to be captured and digitized by using a smartphone's camera.


Is hardship exemption law the death knell for Meaningful Use?
FierceEMR ~ Marla Durben Hirsch ~ 07/01/2016

There's been a lot of discussion about the new hardship exemption that President Barack Obama signed into law for the Meaningful Use program's 2015 reporting year.


Department of Veterans Affairs picks up $233 million from Congress to fund VistA EHR upgrades
Healthcare IT News ~ Jack McCarthy ~ 06/01/2016

The Department of Veterans Affairs has received $233 million from the Congressional 2016 spending bill to help modernize its VistA electronic health record system.


Accenture: Just 2 percent of patients at top hospitals are using health apps provided to them
MobiHealthNews ~ Aditi Pai ~ 06/01/2016

Although 66 percent of the largest 100 US hospitals have consumer-facing mobile apps, and 38 percent of those have developed proprietary apps for their patients, a mere 2 percent of patients at those 66 hospitals are using apps provided to them, according to an Accenture report


Quebec moves to a single, province-wide EHR
Canadian Healthcare Technology ~ Staff writer ~ 06/01/2016

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette announced that Quebec will move toward the use of a single electronic health record system in hospitals across the province. The solution decided upon by the province is called Cristal-Net, and it has been in use at the Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec – Université Laval since 2003.


PAC slams GPES failures
Digital Health News ~ Lyn Whitfield ~ 04/01/2016

Whitehall is still failing to learn from IT failures and is continuing to make “very common mistakes”, the Public Accounts Committee has concluded in a report on the late, over-budget and under-performing GP Extraction Service.


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